really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,359 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jun 012010

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles


The dash on my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 is cracking. These are not cracks from the sun. Two cuts/cracks appeared suddenly and a third about a week later. They look like cuts that were made with a saw blade. Parts of the dash over the air bag are loose and flopping around. The edges are sharp and can lead to a person cutting them selves. I'm afraid that in an accident the air bag would not properly deploy. The dash is an intrical part of the cabin structure. This is not an isolated case as I've found hundreds on the internet.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 212009

Ram 1500

  • 73,000 miles
Driving my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 a woman pulled out in front of me and I T-boned her on the passenger side going 45 totaled out her car my air bag never went off and the seat belt never locked causing me to go forward in to the steering wheel I bent the steering wheel with my left knee called Dodge and they sent someone out to look at it by the time they finally cam out it had been 11 day from the time I called them so the body shop had already started to repair my truck I received a letter in the mail today telling my that "your impact was not significant enough to deploy the front air bags" come on I was going 45 mph how fast would I have to go for them to go off.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #12

Feb 122009

Ram 1500

  • 79,000 miles
I have a garage kept 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 and the dash is cracked near the passenger air bag. I have read alot of complaints on the 2001-2004 trucks. This is a safety issue.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Nov 292007

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles


Dodge dashboard cracking and falling apart.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 122008

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 miles
I was in a head on collision at 70 mph and my airbag's didn't deploy.

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 062007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My husband was driving our 2003 Dodge Ram truck, he hit a vehicle going 45 mph, never touched the brakes and the front end of our truck was destroyed. He had on hsi seatbelt and the airbag did not deploy which caused head injury. I contacted Chrysler who sent out at representative to check the vehicle who said the truck had no problems. There has been nothing done or offered to correct this.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 192006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,230 miles


I was driving on a busy roadway and traffic came to a complete stop the car 2 cars in front of me slammed on their brakes to stop. He was on his phone, the girl behind him and in front of me then slammed on her brakes and hit him, I then locked my brakes and hit the girl in front of me...my airbags did not deploy and I was going from 25 to 30 mph when contact was made...there was $1,800 damage to the Jeep Cherokee that she was driving as well...after looking at the aftermath the sensor in the grille was just hanging there but the grille was completely pushed in. 2 mechanics have told me that the airbags should have deployed but I do not know who to take it to, to see if this is a correct assumption. The damage has not been fixed because I need to know if the airbags should have deployed.

- Princeton, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 192005

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Contact stated while driving on the highway and hauling an 8 foot by 16 foot trailer it caused the vehicle sway to the left then to the right. The vehicle and the trailer shook. The contact pressed on the clutch and it caused the tires to lose traction. The vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic, and another vehicle hit the contact's vehicle on the passenger's side. Upon impact, the driver's side air bag did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries, and the vehicle was totaled.

- Byron , GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 112004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 45 mph consumer's vehicle collided with the vehicle in front. Upon impact, both frontal air bags failed to deploy. This caused the driver to sustain minor injuries. Vehicle was towed to a garage for inspection.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 142004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
The consumer was involved in a frotanl collision at 47-50 mph and the air bag failed to deploy. The manufacturer was notified and they informed the consumer to file a complaint with NHTSA.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #4

May 282004

Ram 1500

  • miles


While traveling 65-70 mph and changing lanes power steering became hard. This resulted in a tractor trailer rear ending consume's vehicle and pushing it on side of mountain. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The consumer lost control of vehicle while driving on an icy road between 30 - 35 mph. When this occurred, the vehicle hit a pole head on. Upon impact, none of the frontal air bags deployed, and the passenger side seat belt unbuckled. The passenger sustained serious head injuries when his head had come in contact with the windshield. ODI followed up with consumer and learned that the passenger side seat belt buckle did not release as earlier stated in the crash. The complaint was on the performace of the retractor. The passenger side seat belt retractor may not have locked up during the impact. The vehcile was totaled and taken away. The consumer could not inspect the retractor for ODI during the follow up call.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #2

Nov 042003

Ram 1500

  • 1,800 miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision while driving at 60 mph. Upon impact, neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed. There were no injuries or fatalities. However, vehicle was totaled.

- Westmorland, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 272003

Ram 1500

  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Ripley, TN, USA

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